So you’re not too far off starting your new job now.
Different schools go back at different times so you might be a few days away, you might be a few weeks away.
However far away the start of term is, I expect you’re beginning to get nervous.
And it’s only natural to be nervous.
I’m certainly not going to tell you NOT to be nervous because, to be honest, you should be.
Being nervous shows that you want to do a good job, it shows that you care, so be nervous.
Go on, revel in the nerves! It means you’ll be a good teacher.
Being prepared for the new term is the best thing you can do to combat any unnecessary nerves.
You’ve probably already got your planning done, wall displays ready, labels for books sorted, jobs board looking beautiful and you’ve carefully chosen a book to read to your class.
That’s great and absolutely you need to have all that stuff ready.
But do you know what the number one thing is that NQTs realise when they start teaching?
That there was so much that they didn’t know they didn’t know!
There are lots of little things you need to get to know in those first few vital weeks.
And nobody thinks to tell you things until you need to know them.
So you don’t find out the procedure for sending a letter home to parents until you need to send a letter home and you ask how to do it.
And then it takes you half an hour to find out the information you need.
And then another half an hour because you found out that you should have asked someone else and they had a different answer.
And after all that, you’ve forgotten what you wanted to write the letter about and are being thrown out by the Site Agent.
But what if NQTs turned the tables on this notion?
What if you went in not only knowing what you didn’t know but proactively finding the answers?
What if, by the end of your first 2 weeks in school, you already had all the information it usually takes teachers years to collect?
That’s what we aim to help you do at Total Primary.
We want to help you be 100% ready to start your new job, confident that you know the information you need to be ready for anything.
One of the things you notice when you spend time talking to experienced teachers is that they know A LOT of stuff.
And not just about teaching and learning, but about administrative procedures, policies, the best ways to get things done, who to talk to about what and much more.
And that information didn’t fall into their head one night while they slept.
It has been accumulated over years of experience.
So let’s get you a head start on that, shall we?
Wouldn’t it be great if you started your job knowing what you didn’t know?
In a minute, I’m going to share a resources with you that will change the way your first two weeks goes in a new school.
You’re going to be better informed, more confident and more relaxed than any other NQT!
But first, let’s think about how you’re going to start accumulating all of this knowledge.
Where is it all going to come from?
Your Induction Tutor may be brilliant and knowledgeable but
(a) they’re probably also insanely busy doing their own job and
(b) they might not be the best person to ask for every question.
And trust me, you’re going to have hundreds of questions.
Questions about so many things.
Question about resources and fire drills, logging onto your computer and the morning register.
Questions about handling money and door access codes.
Questions about things you haven’t even considered yet!
As I’ve said in other posts, even if you’re in a really small school, the first thing you should do is find out who you’re working with.
Some people you will get to know very quickly, like your Induction Tutor and any other year group or key stage teachers.
But getting to know everyone in your school is the key to success.
Other members of staff will be only too happy to help you out but they’re also incredibly busy.
So don’t rely on people noticing that you need help.
If you need help, you’re going to have to ask for it.
Getting to know who is responsible for what is one of the most important things you need to do right away in a new school.
If you get this right – if you are asking the right people the right questions, you’ll find that you get answers much quicker and the answers you get will be more useful.
To help you, we’ve created a checklist so that you can keep all that vital information in one place.
And then I recorded a couple of videos for you, explaining who these people are and why it’s important to gather this information as soon as possible.
I know, I’m the gift that keeps on giving, right?